10. Henrik Palm – Poverty Metal
9. Video Nasties – Dominion
8. Rope Sect – The Great Flood
7. Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man
6. Ulver – Flowers Of Evil
5. Paysage d’Hiver – Im Wald
4. Code Orange – Underneath
3. A.A. Williams – Forever Blue
2. Midnight – Rebirth By Blasphemy
1. Svalbard – When I Die, Will I Get Better?
Svalbard have already proved that they're one of the best heavy bands in the UK, not to mention one of the most furious. Their blazing mix of metal, hardcore, blackgaze and those moments of glassy beauty were as powerful and stunning as ever, but there was a layer of despondency underneath When I Die, Will I Get Better? that inadvertently chimed perfectly with the mood of 2020. The lyrics this time were as fiery and righteous as ever on Click Bait and What Was She Wearing?, but these were cut with a frustration of having to say the same things over again, while elsewhere the reflections on feeling lost, adrift and unable to find a foothold, as well as the importance of listening and understanding, became more relatable against the backdrop in which the album emerged. But the beauty here is that, even in a decade's time when this current mess is history, When I Die, Will I Get Better? will remain a brilliant, creative, caustic and comforting album by a band who simply don't do bad.